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Revamped Flyers fall well short again, cup drought continues

Associated Press

5/9/2012 4:22:55 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren's major gamble last summer to reshape the direction of the franchise yielded mixed results.

The Flyers won 47 games, totalled 103 points, finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and had a nice six-game post-season series win over odds-on favourite Pittsburgh.

But the run lasted only five more games. The Flyers' offence ran out of fuel in a 3-1 Game 5 loss to New Jersey Tuesday that left them without another game to play.

The Flyers haven't won a Stanley Cup since taking consecutive titles in 1974 and 1975.

After a surprising run to the Cup Finals in 2010, coach Peter Laviolette has only led the Flyers as far as two straight trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they are a combined 1-8 the last two seasons.